British Olympic diver Tom Daley says that the Olympics should prohibit countries where being gay is punishable by death from competing in or hosting the international event.
Tom Daley, who won gold in the synchronized 10-meter platform during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and went viral for photos of him knitting during the sidelines of the games, made the remarks after accepting the Sport Award at the 2021 Attitude Awards on Wednesday.
He said that while he was grateful to compete in a country that allowed him to be his “true authentic self and compete without worry of ramification,” he said there are still 10 countries that allow citizens who are LGBTQ to be killed.
“And for those 10 countries where you can't be yourself ... they should not be allowed to be at the Olympic Games ...definitely should not be allowed to host an Olympic Games,” Daley said, who noted that Qatar, who is slated to hold the FIFA World Cup in next year, had harsh rules against people who identify as LGBTQ.
According to Human Rights Watch, homosexual behavior is not allowed in Qatar and there is no current legislation that addresses LGBTQ discrimination.
Beijing, which is set to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, also does not have any legislation that offers protections to LGBTQ individuals who face discrimination.
According to The Washington Post, the ten countries that may make it punishable by death to be LGBTQ are: Yemen, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates.
“I want to make it my mission over the next — well hopefully before the Paris Olympics in 2024 — to make it so that the countries that criminalize and punishable by death for LGBT people are not allowed to compete at the Olympic Games,” Daley, who is married to screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, said on Wednesday.
The Hill has reached out to the International Olympic Committee for comment.